I try hard not to complain about prices at farmers markets. It's been a long time since I shopped at them to cut out the middleman and therefore get lower prices.
I expect to pay as much or more as at the supermarket. But my heart stopped when I bought two heirloom tomatoes today, one large and one quite small, and the tab was $4.
I guess it's been a bad growing season for tomatoes, because every stand I saw at the Sunday market today that had heirlooms was charging $4 a pound. ...
I used to grow heirlooms when they weren't available locally, so I know how much trouble they are and how low the yields can be.
I guess next year I better put in a plant or two again if I can find any sun in our small yard. I'm just not going to enjoy eating a tomato that costs $2 in July, no matter how delicious.
I did discover a new (to me) vendor this morning. It's called Tomatoes, Etc. out of Westminster. Really nice folks who had the most beautiful haricots verts and baby summer squash and zucchini. But no tomatoes.
I asked where the tomatoes were, and the farm owner said they were still greenhouse tomatoes -- or rather, cold frame. (That will mean something to you gardeners.)
They are delicious, he said, but it wasn't worth bringing them to the Baltimore market because he can get $5 a pound for them in Silver Spring.